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The tragedy of Macbeth

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Published by Printed for J. and P. Knapton, S. Birt, T. Longman, H. Lintot, C. Hitch, J. Hodges, J. Brindley, J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, B. Dod, C. Corbet, and J. New in London .
Written in English.

About the Book

The play concerns a trusted general who secretly lusts for power. Encouraged by the prophecies of three witches and urged on by his ambitious wife Macbeth commits regicide. Left fearful and superstitious by this desperate act he is driven to a spiralling course of murder and outrage, almost inevitably culminating in his own death. One of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies, Macbeth is ostensibly based on the Scottish king although the story represented in the play bears no relation to historical fact as the true King Macbeth was well respected by his contemporaries. This book includes the hero Macbeth becoming more and more evil after he gets told his "destiny" by the witches and becomes greedy with power.

Edition Notes

A reprint of the 1750 J. and P. Knapton, [etc.] edition with the songs by Sir William Davenant.

Signatures: A-C℗£℗ø.

Title page in red and black.

Title page vignette; head- and tailpieces; initials.

Engraved frontispiece (leaf A1)--lettered: Du Guernier in.; G. Vder. Gucht scul.

Not in Barton Collection catalog.

ESTC T175821

Cataloged 2015 jmoschella

Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy quarterbound in modern, red morocco and papier tourniquet. The bookplate of the Billings Fund is present on the front pastedown and the perforation stamp of the Library is present on the title page.

Other Titles
Shakespeare Collection (Collection of Distinction)


Library of Congress
PR2823 .A1 1755

The Physical Object

68, [4] p. :
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September 11, 2019 Edited by Lisa Moved edition to primary work.
June 3, 2016 Created by ImportBot Initial record created, from Internet Archive item record.